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CBS News/New York Times Poll: 50 Percent Disapprove Of Obamacare

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) --A new poll shows slight improvements in approval ratings for President Obama and his health care law.

The CBS News/New York Times poll reported that 58 percent of Americans don't believe the roll out of the health care law has gone well, however, 36 percent said the exchanges are improving.

Overall approval of the Affordable Care Act rose to 39 percent, up eight points since last month's low.  Still, 50 percent of those polled disapprove the law.

Obama's approval rating on health care also increased since last month to 41 percent.

The president's job rating rose five points to 42 percent, recovering slightly from his all-time low last month, according to the poll.  Fifty percent disapprove of the job the president is doing.

Meanwhile, a different poll is showing that Obama's disapproval rating has hit an all-time high of 53 percent.  Forty-three percent of registered voters said they approve of how Obama is doing.

The McClatchy-Marist poll also found that most Americans are unhappy with the job Congress is doing -- particularly Republican members of Congress.

Only 22 percent of voters approve of the job the Republicans in Congress are doing, while 74 percent disapprove, according to the poll.

"The government shutdown and the troubled launch of Obamacare have confirmed for many Americans that Washington is broken," said Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

"There certainly isn't any grade inflation when it comes to how Americans rate the nation's political leadership," Miringoff said.

For more on the poll findings, click here.

A separate Marist poll also found 68 percent of Americans do not believe President Obama and the Republicans in Congress will be able to come to a budget deal by the Jan. 15 deadline.

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Sen. Charles Schumer said he remains optimistic, noting lawmakers are making good progress.

"I think it's a pretty good bet, not 100 percent certain, but a very high percentage that, thank God, Congress will not repeat what they did last time which is shut down the government or come to the edge of default," said Schumer. "There is more flexibility and I think that those who urge default and those who urge the government be shut down have been discredited even by members of their own party. I don't think [Sen.] Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has the weight that he had a few months ago."

Schumer added Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) are coming very close to a bipartisan agreement.

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